"People’s faith in God has been shaken” by the pandemic, said Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “In every diocese, we find people’s lives have been devastated.” (AP, 11/17/20)

    Can you imagine? Their faith shaken by the pandemic? The Black Death, World War I, the 1918 flu pandemic, World War II, the Holocaust, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and catastrophes too numerous to mention didn't do it. Not even the torture and murder of countless children through the ages. (Consider Ivan Karamazov’s reflections on that one.) But the current pandemic, well, now that is something to make one doubt whether an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-good God is running the show!


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